Anatomy of a Game Designer

Many of the people working in game development aspire to be game designers. It's a highly sought-after position, and for good reason. Of all the jobs on the development team, game design is the one that offers the greatest scope for creative expression. In most cases, it is also the designer who gets the credit for a successful game and who gets the media attention. And if the designer's name becomes well enough known, fame can lead to fortune. Sid Meier, the designer of Civilization and many other titles, is now so famous that his name alone can increase the sales of a game. Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (Firaxis Software) was actually designed by an ex-employee of Firaxis, Brian Reynolds, yet the publisher put Sid Meier's ...

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